Brasileirão Council rejects return of public to stadiums

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The clubs intend to appeal to the Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) and even threaten to stop the competition if the return of the public is not equal for all

The technical council of the Serie A of the Brazilian Championship decided yesterday (8) not to allow the public to return to the stadiums while all cities that have teams in the first division do not authorize the presence of fans, informed the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

The decision was not supported by Flamengo, who did not attend the meeting, after the Rio de Janeiro City Hall released the presence of the public at the team’s matches at Maracanã as of next week.

Flamengo argues that the council is not competent to deliberate on the subject and considers that it is not up to the CBF or the clubs to deliberate on the presence of the public in the stadiums, as it is not a sporting issue.

“It is exclusively up to the local government authorities to rule on the possibility or not of public at sporting or other events,” the club said in a statement.

A new meeting of Serie A clubs should take place on the 28th. The clubs intend to appeal to the Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) and even threaten to stop the competition if the public return is not equal for all.

“The clubs unanimously expressed that they will plead with the CBF to suspend competition rounds in which clubs signal with the use of an injunction to have audiences in the stadiums,” stated the CBF in a statement.

On Tuesday, the city of Rio released the presence of thousands of fans at the stadium in Flamengo matches starting next week, amid the Covid-19 pandemic and despite the dissemination of the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus in City.

The club had long been pressing for the return of the public to the stadiums and had already made several attempts to obtain permission from the authorities in this regard.

The city of Rio allowed the presence of guests at Maracanã this year in the final of the Copa Libertadores and in the decision of Copa América. In both cases there was crowding inside the stadium and disrespect for sanitary protocols, which led the city to fine CBF and Conmebol, the entity that commands South American football.

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